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14 Nov 2018 06:12am IST
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14 Nov 2018 06:12am IST

Directorate of Archives and Archaeology plans heritage circuits to promote tourism

SHWETA KAMAT

shweta@herald-goa.com 


PANJIM: Directorate of Archives and Archaeology, with a focus to promote heritage tourism, has proposed to create heritage circuits that will showcase their historical legacy in a better way, instead of focusing on individual monuments or historical land marks. 

The first heritage circuit will cover the historic Saptkoteshwar temple at Naroa in Bicholim and its surrounding heritage like two caves, water tanks, spring, seven temples and ruins of an ancient Jain settlement (locally known as Jain Kot). With a total spending of Rs 6.8 crore, the project will be jointly initiated by Directorate of Archives and Archaeology and Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC). 

Speaking to Herald, Assistant Superintending Archaeologist Dr Varad Sabins said that the work of restoration of the iconic Saptakoteshwar temple has commenced and it will be completed before April next year. On April 6, 2019, the temple will complete 350 years since it was raised by Chhatrapti Shivaji Maharaj.

The second circuit has been proposed by Speaker Dr Pramod Sawant in his Sanquelim constituency. The proposal is to restore, beautify and develop a heritage circuit at Kudne village. The circuit will include a Jain temple, temple of Surya and memorials of Jain monks. 

“All these heritage sites will be connected with pathways and information boards will be on display. The basic idea is to promote heritage tourism. People visiting are not very aware about these historical sites or structures. We want that a family visiting Saptakoteshwar temple for site seeing can also visit these caves, springs and other connected temples. In one day, they can relish this heritage,” Sabins said. 

He said that in a bid to further promote heritage, the department has undertaken designing of maps, pamphlets, brochures of sites and structures at the taluka and district level with road traffic and satellite background.

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